Michael Silhavy

Michael Silhavy has worked in parish, cathedral, diocesan and university settings. After working at GIA Publications from 1985-1990 as an editorial assistant, he returned to GIA in 2013 and now serves as senior editor-at-large. His position centers around the review and acceptance of new music, the creation and content of new publications, and developing and strengthening GIA’s relationship with composers and organizations.

For twenty years he was actively engaged in the rich liturgical and musical tradition of the dioceses of Minnesota. He served as director of music for the cathedral and diocese of Duluth, MN for three years, and then became associate director of the worship center of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In that capacity he served as a musical and liturgical resource for parishes, pastors, musicians and liturgists. He also directed the diocesan choir and was co-director of the archdiocesan pilgrimage choir.

In 1999 he began work with the noted composer Richard Proulx, creating an annotated bibliography of all Proulx’s works; this eleven year project resulted in the establishment of the Richard Proulx Collection, housed at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Having been associated with the university as a student, conference coordinator, and instructor in the School of Theology, Michael is grateful for the role Saint John’ s University has played in his formation.

Michael received his degrees at De Paul University (music education), Loyola University (theology) and Saint John’s University (liturgical studies). Currently, he serves as music director at St. Mary Church in Riverside, IL. He believes that his weekly experience of making music with a choir and congregation is essential to his work at GIA.

Michael Silhavy’s 2019 Fall Institute Events

Thursday, October 17

The Psalmist and Accompanist in Partnership
Breakout 3 (1:15 PM – 2:30 PM) | Gratz Room 4F

In some traditions, responsorial settings are the normative way of encountering the psalms at Sunday liturgy. Other traditions are just beginning the use of responsorial psalmody. This workshop will explore various styles of responsorial psalmody and how to effectively present them. We will discuss when the singer leads and when the accompanist leads, the transition from refrain to verse, what to play and not to play, phrasing, breathing, and much more.

Friday, October 18

Sacred Choral Music Reading Session from GIA Publications, Inc.
Reading Session 1 (1:00 PM – 2:15 PM) | Borwell Dining Room

Sing through a packet of new music – and some forgotten gems in our catalog – for the church year. Music in all voicing and styles will be presented.

Saturday, October 19

Choral Selections from Walton Music
Reading Session 2 (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) | Gratz 4G

The distinguished Walton Music catalog is a division of GIA Publications, Inc. This reading session will present music for concert and church suitable for the school, community, or church choir.